Hi everyone! This is the fifth installment (Moisturizers) of our six-part blog series highlighting each aspect of The Six Principal Skin Care Steps in an effective daily routine. The series features the following:
- Facial Cleansers
- Exfoliants & Masks
- Special Serums & Gels
- Sun Protection
You wouldn’t go a day without drinking water, so why should you go a day without hydrating your skin? Regular moisturizing contains the key to a plethora of short-term and long-term benefits.
Protective and Corrective Benefits of moisturizing:
Short-term: Moisturizing provides immediate skin plumping benefits due to the fact that moisturizers act to retain water via ingredients like “occlusives,” which prevent extrinsic damage like water loss in heat or wind, “humectants,” which attract water to skin cells, and “emollients,” which smooth rough and flaking skin.
Long-term: Well moisturized skin is more elastic, and will delay early development of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally skin that is adequately moisturized is better equipped to rapidly repair itself (AKA anti-aging benefits). In this study from the British Journal of Dermatology, those who used moisturizer were found to develop wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.
How to moisturize for your skin type:
As indicated on our numbered steps, moisturizing is the fifth step in a skin care regimen, following the application of specialized serums and gels, and should be done each morning and night.
Incorporate a moisturizer that soothes dryness and has long-lasting all-day hydrating benefits. To seal even more water into your skin, apply creams on damp skin
Using a lightweight, fragrance-free moisturizer will help ensure your skin does not get irritated. A gentle, creamy moisturizer will also help lock moisture to further fortify your moisture barrier.
Look for a lightweight moisturizer that is oil-free or non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog pores. Use oil free sunscreens and oil free powder and foundation.
If you have a combination skin, it is best to use the appropriate moisturizer for the differing areas (e.g. oily skin moisturizer on T-zone area, different moisturizer on cheeks, neck, etc.), or at least only on dry areas, keeping it away from oily areas of your face. A good moisturizer may actually help you balance out your skin tone.
Moisturizers that work to fight signs of aging should be full of hydrating ,brightening, and nourishing components. Look for moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid, seed/kernel oils and most importantly, peptides.
Did You Know?
Moisturizers work better while you sleep! They are more effective when applied before bed as it stays on your skin longer, and isn’t exposed to external elements like sun and wind which might strip it from your skin when you step out of the house.
Also, keep in mind…
Dry, dead skin prevents absorption of moisture meaning exfoliation is key for healthy and hydrated skin. By exfoliating once or twice per week you can shed old skin cells to ensure ultimate penetration of your moisturizing products. (See our Step 2 blog regarding exfoliation)
How to use:
After completing the previous steps and with your face still slightly damp, apply the moisturizer gently and by using upward strokes. This helps to get the moisturizer into the pores where it belongs. Your skin will begin to absorb the moisturizer almost immediately, and typically will absorb it fully within five to ten minutes. .